SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program Helps Entrepreneurs Accelerate Growth

Applications for Columbus & Cincinnati Classes Now Open
Release Date: 
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Release Number: 
02-02-2019
Advisory Date: 
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Advisory Number: 
02-02-2019
Contact: 
Brooke DeCubellis, brooke.decubellis@sba.gov, 614-469-6860

COLUMBUS – The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking applicants for its 2019 Emerging Leaders executive-level training program, which will be offered in both Columbus and Cincinnati. This hands-on version of an MBA focuses on small, poised-for-growth companies with potential for job creation. Interested small business owners can learn more regarding eligibility, how to apply and class schedules at the SBA’s Emerging Leaders website: www.interise.org/sbaemergingleaders.

During the course of seven months, participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and the financial community. The program incorporates a curriculum that is research-based and nationally scalable, enabling participating businesses to engage in focused development and expansion strategies.

“The Emerging Leaders class had very practical application for my business,” said Barbara Smith, owner of Journey Steel and 2018 Emerging Leaders graduate. “Not only did it give me time to focus on my business and create a strategic growth plan with attainable goals, it also provided me with a valuable network that I can utilize to help achieve those goals.”

Since its inception in 2008, the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative has trained more than 5,000 small business owners, creating over 6,500 jobs, generating over $300 million in new financing, and securing over $3.16 billion in government contracts.

For additional information, visit http://www.sba.gov/emergingleaders. Those interested in applying for the Columbus Emerging Leaders program should contact Shannon Feucht, Economic Development Specialist, at Shannon.Feucht@sba.gov. For the Cincinnati Emerging Leaders program, contact Nicole Pickard, Economic Development Specialist, at Nicole.Pickard@sba.gov.